Origin of obverse
Examples from the Web for obverse
The old Kaiser Franz Joseph, faithful and hardworking, was the obverse of the feckless and impetuous German kaiser.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?|Jacob Heilbrunn|June 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As for the obverse, my liberal allies, this explains why information that seems so obvious to us never gets through.
The eagle of 1795 bears upon its obverse a head of Liberty, wearing a rather high Phrygian cap.
If we examine our conceptions on their obverse side, this general fact forces itself on our attention with equal distinctness.The Data of Ethics|Herbert Spencer
One has, obverse, head of eagle; reverse, thunderbolt within a wreath.
It has an obverse and a reverse side, but it is always the same medal.The Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville|Alexis De Tocqueville
Those of the time of Queen Anne bore a great resemblance to the obverse of the then current coins.Chats on Old Copper and Brass|Fred. W. Burgess
Word Origin for obverse
"turned toward the observer, frontal," 1650s, from Latin obversus "turned against, directed toward," past participle of obvertere "to turn toward or against," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). According to OED, not in common use until the end of the 18th century. The noun, in reference to coins, medals, etc. (opposite of reverse), is attested from 1650s. Related: Obversely.